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Jersey Shore reopens 7 months after Hurricane Sandy

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Ravaged by the worst storm in it’s state history, Jersey Shore has reopened after seven months. Just in time for Memorial Day weekend celebrations, the majority of the beaches and boardwalks of Jersey Shore are now open for business again.

Gov. Chris Christie, who was interviewed by Matt Lauer on the TODAY show, stated that  recovery was about 80 percent there, unfortunately, “for a lot of the homeowners of the state, it’s going to take the better part of the next year to get them back”.

The residential area of Seaside Heights is still in rebuilding mode, the famed mile-long boardwalk and beach have been restored and are open to the public for Memorial Day weekend. Amongst the beaches and boardwalk, a good percentage of the familiar sights of Seaside Heights are now open and preparing for the summer season.

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The Hurricane Sandy Aftermath


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Much of New York and New Jersey begin to regain normalcy just days after being hit by the Superstorm Sandy. The storm that ravaged the mid-Atlantic and the Northeast left a death toll of over 80 and about 4.6 million businesses and homes without power. Subways and buses started running again, unfortunately some parts of the city were hit harder than others leaving crowds of travelers unable to reach their destinations.

Sandy could cost as much as $50 billion in property damages and business losses, which makes it runner-up of the most costly storm, only being second to Hurricane Katrina. Residents, who are finally returning, try to contain their emotions as they learn what is left of their homes.

As a result of the power outages and safety concerns in the city, many residents have decided to flee the state. Shortages on food, pitch dark streets, and freezing temperatures have also caused an unsettled uproar in victims.

Many people affected by the storm are coming together to help provide needs to one another during this time. New York’s Mayor, Michael Bloomberg, is making sure citizens have meals and bottled water distributed throughout neighborhoods around the city and estimates have been made that electricity should be returned by the upcoming Saturday.

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Jersey Shore Coming to an End With Sixth Season

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MTV has announced that the next season of Jersey Shore will be its last.

The sixth and final season of Jersey Shore will premiere on Oct. 4 at 10 p.m. ET. There will also be a special called Gym, Tan, Look Back, airing on Sept. 6, which will feature the cast reflecting on prior seasons.

While the reality show is MTV’s highest rated series in its history, there had been previous doubts that the sixth season would even occur after their biggest star, Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi, 24, got pregnant.

However, the end of the show, which was brought into the world just three years ago, won’t be the last TV stints for the cast mates.  Polizzi and her Shore best friend, Jennifer “JWoww” Farley star in a spinoff series Snooki & JWOWW, which was just picked up for a second season, while Paul “Pauly D” DelVecchio’s The Pauly D Project still awaits the decision on season two.

The final season of the show will take place where it all began, in Seaside Heights, N.J.

Looking for a Job in New Jersey? Unemployment Rates Skyrocket

The unemployment rate in New Jersey has increased four consecutive months straight to 9.8 percent, the highest since April 1977.  This data has been released by the state Department of Labor.  The jobless rate reached an astounding 9.9 35 years ago, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

According to preliminary numbers, the July unemployment rate was up from 9.6 percent in June and 9.4 percent in June 2011. This figure is quite high considering the national unemployment rate is 8.3 percent, reported by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Preliminary data revealed that private sector employees added 79,000 jobs since February 2010. However, 12,000 jobs have been lost. Despite this the state noted the “long-term employment trend continues to be positive.”

The Democrats criticized Governor Chris Christie, a Republican, who proclaimed New Jersey would be making a “comeback.”

“There is no way to interpret this other than bad,” said New Jersey Senate President Steve Sweeney, a Democrat, in a statement. “What I want to see is this administration admit it is failing in terms of getting people back to work.”

Sweeney wants Christie’s administration to “get out of the way or come up with an actual idea” to help the state’s recovery from the recession.”

“The national economy has been sluggish and, realistically, we can’t be exempt,” New Jersey’s chief economist, Charles Steindel said in a statement on Thursday. “Given the national softness and the strength of our job gains in May and June some fallback was likely.”

Debate on Discrimination Against Unemployed Continues

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States across the country are debating the ongoing discrimination against unemployed Americans. Last year, the National Employment Law Project discovered that many employers had added the “employment status” section to applications, and therefore demanded that all applicants be already employed.

Advocates would like for “employment status” to be added to the list of other criteria, such as religion, that employers cannot use to hire employees, according to The Baltimore Sun.

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) does not monitor complaints about this issue because it is currently legal at the federal level.

Only a few states have passed the legislation so far, including New Jersey and the District of Columbia. Oregon’s bill is waiting for the governor’s signature, while Maryland continues to debate its own version. At least a dozen other states are currently considering the legislation.

Read more about the nationwide effort, specifically in Maryland, here.

Former Rutgers Student Found Guilty

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On Friday, former Rutgers student Dharun Ravi, 20, was found guilty on all 15 counts against him after he spied on his gay roommate using a webcam. Ravi recorded his roommate kissing another man and later showed the video to a few other students.  Ravi’s roommate, Tyler Clementi, committed suicide after the incident in September of 2010.

The jury found that Ravi was guilty of both invasion of privacy and anti-gay intimidation. Ravi is facing up to 10 years in prison and possible deportation to India, even though he has legally lived in the United States since childhood. Ravi also rejected a plea bargain a few months ago that would have kept him out of prison and in the United States.

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The case attracted national attention to the dangers of technology and the problems with discrimination against the gay community. New Jersey passed an anti-bullying law because of the incident, and Rutgers made changes to its housing policy.

Ravi’s sentencing is scheduled for May 21.

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New Jersey Man Convicted of Killing Patrolman

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A man, who once boasted he would rather kill a police officer then be arrested and thrown in jail, has been convicted of murder and weapons offenses in the shooting of a patrolman.

Jahmell Crockam, 20, was found guilty of charges on Feb. 16, 2012 for the Jan. 14, 2011 shooting of New Jersey Patrolman Christopher Matlosz.  The jury for Crockam’s case also determined that there were aggravating factors with the case that will lead to an automatic life sentence without parole when he’s sentenced on March 22.

The verdict again Crockam came on the second day of deliberations in the highly publicized case.  Matlosz’ fiancee, Kelly Walsifer, actually collapsed in sobs when the verdict was read.

In the case, prosecutors presented evidence, which included witness testimony from two residents who lived on the street where the crime had occurred.  The two neighbors had testified that Crockam has walked up to Matlosz’ car after he was called over, pulled a gun from his pocket, and shot the officer three times.   The murder weapon has not been found.

Crockam is currently awaiting trial for another murder, one for a man whose body was found dumped on a street corner on Oct. 15.  That case will most likely come to trial in either September or in January 2013.

Bobby Brown Leaves Houston’s Funeral

Bobby Brown, the ex-husband of the late Whitney Houston, left Houston’s funeral at New Hope Baptist Church in Newark, New Jersey on Saturday shortly after paying his respects.

Brown and Houston were married in 1992, and divorced in 2007. The couple have one daughter together, Bobbi Kristina. At the funeral, security stopped Brown from seeing his daughter. His family also felt uncomfortable after security asked them to move seats several times.

According to sources, Houston’s relatives still resent Brown because of drug problems with both Brown and Houston in the past. Brown is now clean.

Brown stayed at the funeral for only 15 minutes, and was reported to be visibly distraught and teary-eyed as he kissed Houston’s casket before leaving with the rest of his family.

In an official statement, Brown said, “This was a day to honor Whitney. I doubt Whitney would have wanted this to occur. I will continue to pay my respects to my ex-wife the best way I know how.”


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New Jersey Mourns Whitney Houston

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Newark, New Jersey is grieving after losing one of their own, Whitney Houston, this past week. The entire town, young and old alike, is mourning Houston’s sudden passing.

Whitney Houston was not the only star to grow up in Newark, but one of the most beloved. She never forgot her roots in both Newark and nearby East Orange, and often contributed back to her hometowns.

Houston often returned to her childhood church, the New Hope Baptist Church, to sing on Easter, according to Pastor Joe Carter. She treated the community with kindness, even though she barely knew many of them.

The Whitney E. Houston Academy of Creative and Performing Arts staff and student body felt the loss of Houston because of her dedication and connection to the institution. After a memorial service held at the school on Monday, students, especially young girls, talked about how Houston inspired them to be successful in the future.

The governor of New Jersey, Chris Christie, remarked that Houston is one of the state’s iconic figures, along with legends such as Frank Sinatra and Bruce Springsteen. Christie has also ordered all flags to be lowered to half-staff on Saturday for the late singer’s private memorial service.

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New Jersey Proponents Pass Legislation to Allow Same-Sex Marriage

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“History will remember those who had the moral courage to do what was right.”  Democratic Assemblyman and sponsor of the bill to allow same-sex marriage in the state of New Jersey Reed Gusciora spoke these words Thursday at the debate over the measure. The bill was passed, but barely with a 42-33 vote.

Republican Gov. Chris Christie, however, believes that a matter such as this should be decided upon by voters–not by members of the state Legislature–as it will have such a significant cultural impact.

Republican Assemblyman Jay Webber finds the passing of this bill to be a direct attack on the traditional concept of marriage between a man and a women as directed by a higher power.  Webber states, “The relationship of marriage is not created by the state. The state doesn’t, and shouldn’t, control it.”

Last week when asked about the bill, Christie said “If the bill comes to my desk, I am vetoing it.” As of now, the bill is expected to be passed along to Christie on Friday.

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